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it look like i wanted to lose when perhaps i want her to win. >> what i learned is every day that i work here with you is better than the last. >> "the rundown" is up next. good morning, i'm jose diaz-balart. breaking news on "the rundown." nbc news confirming multiple bomb threats phoned in against commercial u.s. aircraft this morning. latest in a series of similar threats. they come amid a major shakeup at the transportation security administration with the acting administrator, melvin cairoway reassigned this morning. reassignment follows internal investigation by the department of homeland security that found a stunning 95% failure rate. after homeland security agents posing as passengers were able to get weapons past tsa agents in 67 out of 70 tests.
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nbc's tom costello covers aviation for us and joins me this morning. good morning. what do we know? >> reporter: we have five different aircraft today that we are told were affected by a bomb threat threats called in have all been deemed to be not credible, and four of the five flights were already on the ground safely. american 648, san diego to philly delta flight 55 los angeles to atlanta, united 995, which was san francisco to chicago, and you're looking right there at the scene of philadelphia, by the way, that's american 648, san diego to philly. last flight 939, portland to guadalajara, mexico also we're told on the ground. one flight still in the air, korean air 23 seoul, south korea to san francisco. that flight is still in the air, landing 2:20 p.m. eastern time in san francisco. that threat deemed not credible. korean air is continuing on with the flight. all of these threats are, we are told, very similar to the ones that were phoned in over the
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past couple of weeks in which the caller said there was some sort of chemical weapon on board. you may recall we've had multiple incoming overseas flights bound for the united states that were affected by these different calls, these different threats, all of them landing safely all determined to be a hoax. so the fbi's still working that case to determine who might be behind this. jose? >> and, tom, i don't know if we know this all of threats in the latest batch of threats have been called in. where do they call them? to the different airlines? >> i'm not positive on than our information is coming from government sources and i'm not sure if there's a single location where the caller is making these threats to or if it's coming to individual airlines, but the airlines in coordination with the government determine that they were not credible. >> and, tom, let's move to the stunning tsa report, major shakeup, 95% failure rate in the tests? >> talking about the tsa's own red team these are homeland
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security teams that go out and their job is to probe the tsa checkpoints to see whether it's possible to smuggle a fake bomb a mock bomb or weapon past inspectors. unfortunately, they had 95% failure rate. so, as you can imagine, that is -- has led to a lot of questions at homeland security. and now the acting head of the tsa has been essentially demoted and reassigned melvin carraway 11-year veteran with the tsa, reassigned to another agency within homeland security. acting deputy head of tsa is taking over. but clearly, they've got a lot of work to done they've lost a lot of confidence from the public. it would appear. and also from lawmakers. and the question how is it possible 14 years after this agency was stood up after 9/11 that we're still dealing with this failure rate? that said, you know former tsa administrator john pistol says you've got to keep in mind red teams are what he calls
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superterrorists. what he means they work for tsa, homeland security they already have a pretty good sent of where the vulnerabilities are at the tsa checkpoints and their job is to go in and probe and to push the envelope to try to make sure that we find out that there are vulnerabilities and i think it's important, jose to make the point we've had tsa agents both wounded and killed in the line of duty dealing with real violent offenders, with real violent criminals. so this agency has had success but as it relates to this instance, they've got a lot of answering to do. >> tom costello thank you for getting us started. developing news out of china hundreds are still trapped inside a chinese cruise ship. take a look at these pictures. one survivor says quote, it capsized within a minute. the ship flipped over on the yangtze river overnight. five confirmed dead 14 rescued.
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bill neely joins me with the latest. good morning. >> good morning. it's not clear, this is china's worst passenger ship disaster in almost 70 years, more than 400 people are still missing. relatives, of course distraught, and they're asking how did this ship sink but also how come the captain left the ship and survived? >> reporter: the search for survivors is a desperate one, rescuers hammering on the overturned hull to try to make contact with passengers still trapped inside. but time is running out on the yangtze river, where the ship, and with more than 450 on board, sank in rough weather. some people have been rescued. this 65-year-old woman was pulled out by divers. a few managed to swim ashore. but after a day of searching, hope is fading for so many more on the eastern star which was carrying 406 chinese tourists, 5 guides, and at least 47 crew.
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china's official news agency says the ship's captain and chief engineer are among the survivors, and both are now in police custody. reports say the cruise ship sank in less than two minutes. no distress call was sent. chinese leaders have rushed to the scene. thousands of police and rescuers are helping. but weather conditions are poor and visibility low. leaving relatives clinging to fading hopes that their loved ones will be pulled out. >> the captain has apparently told police there was a cyclone, the ship sank very quickly while most of the passengers were asleep. but there was no distress call. and those relatives, of course, want to know why the captain took no emergency action and why he abandoned his passengers and managed to survive. >> bill neely, thank you. we'll continue to follow this story throughout "the rundown." busy day. turn to what's going to be a very busy day on capitol hill.
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a showdown looming between the house and the senate over the future of anti-terror surveillance. remember the government's authority to collect bulk amounts of phone data expired after the senate failed to renew a key part of the patriot act over the weekend. senators are expected to take up the house passed usa freedom act, a bill that would move the power of bulk data collection away from the nsa and into the hands of telephone companies. let's get right to nbc's luke russert. good morning. voters expected to -- votes expected to begin in, what two hours how? >> reporter: yeah, that's the expectation. and the question now becomes, jose is that the amendments that are going to be offered by the gop leadership in the senate specifically mitch mcconnell there are about four whether or not they pass and what that would mean the overall future of the bill if it were to go back over to the house. one amendment that is contentious is within the house bill, you mentioned how that bulk metadata would go to the phone companies, in the house
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bill, it's within six months. mitch mcconnell wants to change it to a year. the white house said that's unnecessary. and there's bipartisan agreement in the house that it's unnecessary. they don't want any changes. i spoke to the house majority leader kevin mccarthy, fellow republican of mitch mcconnell he said yesterday for the senate to pass the house bill. if the senate does take up these changes, there's no guarantee that the house will act upon them. and what does that mean? critical nsa programs if you talk to mitch mcconnell john boehner, the white house, they will continue to go dark because of disagreement between the house and the senate. whether or not these amendments will pass whether the house wants to move on them. remembering this bill came out of the house with 338 votes. boehner has been adamant, we don't need to change it we need to go forward with the bill it's a good piece of legislation, jose. >> luke russert in washington, d.c. let's see what happens. we'll be keeping a close eye on
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what speaker boehner will have to say. we'll be monitoring that for you. that debate over surveillance is so crucial that senators eyeing the white house are staying off the campaign trail. this morning senator marco rubio canceled an appearance in florida, onning to stay in d.c. for today's votes. but six other declared or potential republican presidential candidates will be here in florida. jeb bush chris christie, mike huckabee bobby jindal, headed to washingtonlt disney world. first, steve kornacki is here with a preview. >> reporter: they're calling it economic policy summit but we know what it really is a cattle call. this put together by rick scott, florida's republican governor, and the biggest names in the gop field are in orlando today for it. all of them will get 30 minutes to impress the governor in a crowd of republicans in a state
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that has been known to play a decisive role in republican presidential politics. florida is where rudy giuliani staked it all in 2008. >> unprecedented, i believe, amount of early voting. i think we're going to do very well here. >> reporter: only to see john mccain win the state and the nomination. and florida is where newt gingrich came in 2012 trying to follow up on his stunning triumph in south carolina. >> thank you to everyone in south carolina who decided to be with us and n. changing washington. >> reporter: only to get beaten up by mitt romney in his sometimes creative approach to politicking in the sunshine state. ♪ oh beautiful for spacious skies ♪ ♪ for amber waves of grain♪ >> reporter: it comes with florida's traditional role suddenly in doubt because two candidates, bush and rubio, are
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from the state. some say this gives them an unfair advantage. scott walker is already hinting, might not go all out in florida. >> i don't think there's a state out there we wouldn't play in other than maybe florida where jeb bush marco rubio or at least some of the polls essentially tied. >> reporter: florida will have to hold its primary on march 15th next year that's more than a month after iowa and new hampshire potentially on the same day as ohio. if the early primaries winnow the field to bush and rubio, their home state could play king maker between them making the state more important than ever no matter what florida and its 29 electoral votes will be a prime target for both parties in the fall which explain why all of the candidates are at disney world today, and not for the rides. >> joining me now, from orlando steve corekornacki host of "up."
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good morning. bush and rubio the favorites in florida. what's the scenario where someone else can break through? >> well, the scenario is as we say in the piece, florida's primary's going to be later than usual next year. it's going to be middle of march, they wanted to protect their winner take all status. what that means is there are a number of additional contests now that will come between those first contests in iowa and new hampshire and florida. so, take it from the standpoint of jeb bush, for instance, we know that jeb bush is struggling in iowa lead-off state. not sure how seriously he's going to contest than jeb bush got bad news in nevada an early state, bad news there yesterday when it looks like a move to shift that to a primary, which would be more favorable to bush a way from a caucus, it looks like that move is going nowhere. bad news in nevada. it looks, a situation there emerges if bush cannot win in new hampshire, at the very least in early states we may get to
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florida and say, this jeb bush/marco rubio matchup will not materialize because bush flamed out early on. that's very possible. the flip side if somebody like scott walker were to win big in iowa follow that up with a surprising victory in new hampshire, by the time you get to florida, the race could look very different than we now think it's going to look. >> jackie how surprising is it that candidate like scott walker pooling well could do well in the first couple of matchups, is suggesting he might skip florida? >> scott walker hasn't announced yet. but you know he is -- if bush doesn't flame out if he and rubio are doing well and these are a lot of ifs, of course it might be hard for a republican who hasn't run statewide, who is relatively unknown in florida, to break through. but we'll have to see. you know bush was very popular in florida, when he was governor. rubio's a popular senator. but again, as steve said it's
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so far down the line we'll have to see what happens. >> so, steve, tell me about what we expect today where you are. >> well that's right. because of this patriot act situation back in d.c. rubio's not going to be down here today. apparently he's speaking trying to help it so he can speak by a video link. one thing, this audience behind me if you can see what you're looking at here basically business leaders from around the state of florida, business leaders who are politically friendly to governor rick scott. if you had to make a list of the top republican political donors in state of florida, people with serious money, a lot of people on that list are going to be behind me right now. the good news for rubio, in terms of not being able to be here today a lot of the donors already know him, already know bush. it gives them not just a leg up in terms of the poll it's also that money race we talk about all the time. there's a lot of campaign money, potential campaign money, sitting right there behind me. when it comes to a lot of the donors, bush and rubio, you
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would say, have home court advantage. >> thank you for being with me this morning. we'll be keeping a close eye on that event in florida and bring you any news as it happens there. just getting started on tuesday edition of "the rundown." we'll talk about the overwhelming response to caitlyn jenner's "vanity fair" cover, where the olympic champion normaler formerly as bruce, reveals herself as a transgender woman for the first time? kerry back in the u.s. after a bike accident. latest on his condition straight ahead on "the rundown."
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it's the story everyone's talking about, the person we previously knew as bruce jenner revealing herself to the world as transgender woman named
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caitlyn on the cov or of "vanity fair." reaction is overwomaned social media, breaking a record on twitter. nbc's joe fryer has details from los angeles. >> reporter: with a single viral image, the world was introduced to caitlyn jenner, vanity"vanity fair" released behind the scenes video of the emotional shoot, a day that to jenner was better than winning olympic gold. >> bruce always had to tell a lie. he was always living that lie. every day he always had a secret from morning till night. caitlyn doesn't have any secrets. >> reporter: when the shoot was over famed photographer annie leibovitz teared up telling the magazine, i felt like i saw the making of caitlyn. it's a public turning point in jenner's transition from man to woman. in the 22-page article due out next week she says i'm not doing this to be interesting. i'm doing this to live. jenner unveiled the twitter account which amassed 1 million
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followers in record time faster than president obama. to that she tweeted, another jenner world record and at 65 who would have thought? her family also took to social media from kim kardashian how beautiful, be happy, be proud, live life your way. daughter kendall, be free now, pretty bird. many also noticed her striking resemblance to jessica lange. next month jenner will make her first public appearance as a woman when she received the arthur ashe courage award at the espys, for the first time at july i will be able to stand as my true self in front of my peers. >> they call this process transitioning. >> reporter: until now, even on a special that aired on the e! network. >> this is a lot of work. >> reporter: jenner's future self referred to as her. >> i do want to meet her but like when he's ready, when we're both ready. >> reporter: for caitlyn jenner that time has finally come.
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mother of who two called her sister as the family's house was carried down the river. body found last week identified using medical and dental records. her husband, who survived the tragedy, is recovering from his injuries. the couple's son was discovered but their daughter is still missing. northeast dealing with flooding of its own today but not nearly as severe as what we saw in texas. the scene inside the tunnel of the ray burn building on capitol hill. parts of new jersey saw street flooding from the heavy downpours throughout the day yesterday. so bad in the city of newark lake overflowed leaving fish flopping in the streets. the rain should start easing by later today. but it's cold for june in the northeast. highs in the low 60s. this morning, hearing more from comedian tracy morgan speaking out for the first time in an emotional interview with matt lauer. matt took morgan back to a place familiar with him, studio 8h in rockefeller center home of
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"saturday night live." morgan still has recovering to do before he gets back out on stage. almost a year after the car crash that nearly took his life. >> i have my good days and bad days. sometimes i don't feel well. sometimes, mostly i don't feel well and i'm not ready for crowds of people because i'm really focused on my memory coming back to me my walking getting better my balance is still off. so i have to really focus on those things before i'm out here. >> morgan says he doesn't remember the details of the june 7th crash, when a walmart truck slammed into the back of his bus on the new jersey turnpike. after a short break on "the rundown," we'll turn to the nuclear negotiations with iran as john kerry gets ready for surgery today on his broken leg. will the impact be on the talks? i'll talk with craiggregory meeks
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but costs less than vet prices. and saving money helps you buy... (laughs happily) more tennis balls. sentry® fiproguard® plus - available at these retailers. secretary of state john kerry will go in for surgery on his broken leg this morning. he was taken to massachusetts general hospital last night, after being flown in from geneva, switzerland. on the flight kerry tweeted, headed back to boston looking forward to getting leg set and back to the state department. meantime, work goes on. thank for the well-wishes. #onward. live in boston this morning. sarah, you got off the phone with the spokesperson for the secretary. what's the very latest? >> reporter: well, good morning, jose. we're told that secretary kerry's surgery is scheduled for midmorning today, to set the
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bone in his leg performed by the same interest who has operated on him in the past. secretary already had a very busy morning, his spokesman tells me help was up at 4:00 in the morning to take part remotely in that international conference on combatting isis. he gave some 20 minutes worth of remarks to participants there. the state department indicating that this is going to be the pattern that he follows during his recovery. he will not take time off, remain focused on diplomating endeavors including nuclear negotiations with iran. there is no scheduled time line for the secretary's recovery. we're expecting that will be laid out post-surgery. in the meantime before he heads into surgery, his spokesman tells me that he is energetic and remains in high spirits. back to you. >> thank you. in what could be a case of bad timing, secretary kerry's accident comes just a month before the deadline for an iran nuclear deal. but the state department says one will not impact the other. >> secretary kerry's main focus
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for the month of june remains squarely on the iran negotiations. i want to be very clear about this. his injury does not change that. he and the entire team are absolutely committed to the same timetable and working toward june 30th as the deadline for these talks. >> and meanwhile, president obama's working to build international support for a deal he says would cut off iran's path to the bomb. a big part is speaking directly to america's allies israel. here what happens he said in an interview with israel's channel 2. >> i can i think, demonstrate, not based on any hope but on facts and evidence and analysis that the best way to prevent iran from having a nuclear weapon is a verifiable tough agreement, a military solution will not fix it even if the united states participates. it would temporarily slow down an iranian nuclear program but
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not eliminate it. >> joining me, nbc's bureau chief in tehran ali arouzi. how important is secretary kerry himself to the deal getting done? >> good morning. i think it's very important. he's been a monumental force in driving this deal forward. he struck up a rapport with foreign minister which has been instrumental in the talks. over the last 35 years, no iranian or american diplomat have had a relationship like secretary kerry and the foreign minister. these guys talk to each other on the phone, outside negotiations. they have a close working relationship and that's been one of the reasons why they've made so much progress in these talks. i think his absence would be felt heavily at these talks but, like you said we don't know what his recovery plan is going to be like and whether he can be back at negotiating table. if he's not at the table, i think it will have an effect on the talks. secretary sherman is leading the talks on the 30th.
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familiarity is important to iranians and not to have people that you're talking about such a sensitive issue on could be -- could become difficult. we'll have to see how quickly he can get back physically to the talks. >> do you know where things stand in terms of the negotiation? they have until the end of the month. >> that's right, until the end of june to come up to where they meet the deadline. as we've seen in the past deadlines seem to shift and ebb and flow. as has been the case before there's been a lot of progress made but also major points of contention that they can't seem to get over. and there are other points that seem to ebb and flow. we heard a report on friday from the iaeia, iran's stockpiles of fuel have increased over the 18 months. that's not a deal breaker because that could be reversed. but it also shows that the program hasn't been frozen for last 18 months. now, there are other major
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sticking points how far sanctions relief are going to come and what iran has recently built a point of contention about, inspects on military sites. this is a sensitive issue for iranians iran's supreme leader said there's no way military sites will be visited, nor nuclear scientists questioned. that could be a deal breaker, but we have to see what happens in the course of the talks. >> ali arouzi in tehran thank you very much. the u.s. tries to work with iran on the issue of nuclear weapons two nations remain at odds in plenty of other areas, among them imprisonment of three americans, correspondent for "the washington post," pastor from idaho and marine veteran out of michigan. relatives of all three testifying at a house committee hearing set to begin a half hour from now. also part of that hear testimony from the son of robert levenson former fbi agent who disappeared in iran eight years ago. joining me now, democratic congressman from new york gregly meeks, a member of the
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committee holding the hearing. >> good to be with you. should releasing american detainees be a condition of getting any deal done with iran? >> new york io, i think two separate cleat issues. one, with iran we do not want them to have a nuclear weapon and we need to make sure those negotiations are continuing in that regard with nothing to do with anything else. we want of course those american citizens released and come back home to families and help with the -- with mr. levenson who is missing. but the negotiations are separate and distinct from the individuals being held in iran now there today you're hearing from relatives of the americans and then mark up the resolution that callans iran to free detainees but then what? >> again, i think that the process continues, as your report just before indicated, we have a deadline end of june we hope secretary kerry's able to be physically there, if not we know technological he'll be there, conference calls and
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telephones, et cetera and let negotiations to continue and hope he will meet those deadlines. we'll see whether or not there's a deal that is able to come up with to make sure that iran does not have the ability to obtain a nuclear weapon in the future. but we will continue to press, that will not stop you know whether the deadline passes or not, they'll continue to press to get the release of the prisoners and hopefully find mr. levenson in iran. they should be returned to their families. we think that's the appropriate thing to do there you heard ali arouzi from tehran saying maybe 30th of june deadline as far as iranians are concerned, may or may not be set in stone. state department says it it is set in stone. do you think there should be a cut-off point like the one established, 30th of this month, take it or leave it? >> well i think that as we get closer to the 30th, if there is opportunities -- i think best thing is to make sure there's dialogue. i believe in diplomacy, and if there's opportunities to reach a deal that will prevent iran from
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obtaining a nuclear weapon we should continue with that goal. if we find that iran breaks off and decides they do not want to be a part of a deal then conversations will break off and the allies will go together. but with the p5 plus 1 we've got to stay together, mount the pressure on iran iran wants to have the release of the sanctions, then hopefully we'll get what we need from them and that is complete and thorough inspections of all of their nuclear facilities so that we and make sure they do not have the ability to obtain a nuclear weapon that's our objective. >> congressman gregory meeks a pleasure to see you. thank you for being with me. we'll be keeping a close eye on that hearing on american detainees in iran when it gets started at the top of the hour. three americans clearly must always be a part of any discussions with iran whether it's in the meetings or not. but these three americans have
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been detained a long time in iran. >> turning to news out of paris, representatives from 20 nations are discussing plans to fight isis. according to iraq's prime minister, that's a problem. he says there's too much talk not enough action. quote, i think this is a failure on the part of the world. there's a lot of talk of support for iraq, but there's very little on the ground. foreign editor for "the daily beast," joins me from paris. a pleasure to see you. is the international community willing to do anything more than it's already doing? how much of this is just talk? >> well i think a lot of that is just talk by the iraqis. it the iraqi army that hasn't been fighting effectively. the u.s. and the international community doesn't want to get in the game of supplying the shiite initials that are doing most of the fighting on the pro-government side, that's a very slippery slope. we've got more than 20 nations represented here in paris. ones that aren't represented are syria, iran which play a vital
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role in all of this. i think, you know it's fine for the iraqi politicians to say, oh, this is the world's problem, the world needed to do more but we need to see better fighting on the ground by the iraqi military, which, remember the united states trained for the better part of a decade. >> and, the training included also massive amounts of weaponry and they have humvees. they lost 2600 humvees, according to iraqis when part of iraq fell to isis. that's just in one military mission and campaign. i mean isis is getting fed military gear courtesy of iraq almost. >> well courtesy of the united states, by way of the iraqi government. i mean look we're talking about isis as a force of a few tens of thousands of people maybe 50,000 60,000 they have no air cover. they have no anti-aircraft capability that means anything.
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they have no air force. they got nothing like that. all they have is a lot of mobility and brave and committed fighters precisely what the iraqi army does not have brave and committed fighters except shiite militias which is leading us toward a history riffic sectarian war getting worse and worse in iraq. >> rebels being trained to fight in syria are ready to quit because the u.s. only wants them to fight isis and not the syrian army. tell me about that. christopher, can you hear me? i think we lost him. christopher dickey from pair rishgs thank you. we'll ask him about that in "the rundown" tomorrow, hopefully. >> ground breaking "vanity fair" cover featuring caitlyn jenner. and a big deal for the transgender community. first, check out this close call near mississippi. a police dash cam caught this
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can a business be...alive? caitlyn jenner's debut to the world has everyone talking and it's blowing up twitter by breaking a world record. jenner gained 4 million followers 1 million in just a couple of hour beating the previous record holder president obama, by an hour. caitlyn tweeted, quote, another jenner world record and at 65 who would have thought? humbled and honored to have reached 1 million followers in four hours. thank you for your support. caitlyn launched her twitter account the same time the "vanity fair" cover released showing bruce jenner as a transgender woman for the first time. quote, the uncomfortableness of
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being me never leaves all day long. i'm not doing this to be interesting. i'm doing this to live. we bring in the executive director of the transgender legal defense and education fund michael silverman. good to see you. >> thank you for having me back. i'm doing well. >> first, reaction to caitlyn jenner's cover on "vanity fair." >> congratulations to caitlyn. how remarkable she looked positively raid yen. i use that word in the most literal sense. in the video that accompanied the cover, caitlyn spoke so movingly about the struggle the secret she felt she had to keep for so many years. you know it shines through in photo. she looks positively unburdened and radiant. >> i agree. caitlyn jenner will go through this process in the spotlight, i mean let's all remember this wheaties box after jenner won the gold medal at olympics. now on the cover 0 of "vanity fair." the fact she's gone through the transformation in a public way, what effect is this having on
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the transgender movement. >> it's incredible. last year we had laverne cox on "time" magazine now another major media moment with caitlyn jenner on the cov or of "vanity fair." it's opening a dialogue with people about the struggles and challenges of the transgender people face that we haven't had before. caitlyn jenner is a celebrity, of course, shining a spotlight on the datedate-to-day challenges. average transgender person struggles to get health care because they face insurance discrimination. we're starting to sow a lot of public interest in the unique challenges that transgender people face and that's a great thing. >> i don't know if you've been able to see this i have right now as we've been chatting our question, do you think caitlyn has been helping the transgender community? the response from the folks that are kind enough to watch us has been overwhelmingly positive. yes, they do think it has been a
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positive and you know helping the transgender community. but you know what? this is a very public person. there are so many people in the transgender community that you just talked about that are not having a very easy time of their lives. what is it that we can learn from caitlyn and how to deal with people who may be from our perspective, we're not used to dealing with? >> i think one of the most important things to do is to keep talking about the issues caitlyn has spoken in such a heartfelt way about the struggle just to be herself. i think, you know i'm not surprised that the reaction from people is overwhelmingly positive. people can relate to what it means to just try to be yourself. i think, as long as we continue these kind of discussions, as long as media continues to have a respectful interest in the live of transgender people struggle ands challenges they face we'll see more transgender people coming out, like caitlyn's, laverne's, transgender people out there and
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that's going to move the needle on transgender rights in this country. >> you know, michael, i think all of us and i include myself probably at the top of the list are learning every day, learning about life every day and about our fellow human beings every day and things we do or say we don't know may hurt other people. i think it's important to step back and think what we say, how we act how it can have an impact on everybody. >> i couldn't agree more. i think that that is caitlyn's great gift to us with her coming out story. >> yeah michael, thank you for being with me. a pleasure to talk with you. >> thank you, jose. >> and don't forget we're taking your pulse on this issue, do you think caitlyn jenner caitlyn jenner helps the transgender community? go to to vote. more results in the next hour. positive is what you're saying. after a break, actress joins me with her family story to help celebrate immigrant haireritage month next.
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as we begin the month of june, we also begin immigrant heritage month meant to celebrate the diversity and contributions of the 41.3 million immigrants in the united states. actress dania ramirez is sharing her personal look at the immigrant experience. dania was just six months old when her parents left to the u.s. to start a better life for her and her family and he wasn't able to join them until she was about 10 years ago old. her story is featured in a new video when she talks about leaving her home country for a new start. [ speaking in a foreign language ]
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>> that is the reality for so many millions of people in this country. joining me now is dania ramirez, currently in the lifetime television series "devious maids" to talk about her story. thank you so much for being with me. >> thank you so much for having me. that was such a touching moment hearing it now just brought me back. my mom is just incredible. >> and for many many millions of people dania, for the grace of god, so many immigrants in this country that came from so many different countries hear what your mom told you and see themselves reflected in it. tell me about that drive, that incredible strength that people like your mom had in order to give us all a better future. >> yeah i mean i think that's what's beautiful about, you know, welcome back u.s. is really supporting this immigrant heritage month. the beautiful thing about it was really celebrating the sacrifice
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that my participants sharing our stories to not only inspire other immigrants because they can see their sacrifice is worth it that moment my mom told me you know her american dream is within me and us me and my sisters. it was just really powerful. it was a very vulnerable place for me this little mini documentary, but i think super important, because we do have to appreciate the fact that our parents struggled so much so that we could have a better future. i think as american citizens now, new generations of america, i think it's super important to embrace the fact america was built on immigrants this work ethic they instill within us matters. >> you know what dania, i think when we talk about immigration stories and immigrant stories, as well we always talk about, oh you know they came over because better life but some of
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those sacrifices that our parents have had to make the sacrifice of leaving your children behind or even sending your children is more than most people really think about when they think about the immigrant experience. it's got to be the toughest thing. i know it was for many many people i know toughest thing to be separated from your children in order to vote for a better future. >> i'm a mother now, i can't even fathom the thought of being away from my kids for more than a few days let alone of completely leaving us behind. that's something as a child you don't even have an understanding for. i remember really holding that over my parents and so did my sister, because we just wanted to be with our parents, but i stand here today, i know that the future that i have today and the progress that i've been able to make in america is because of that incredible sacrifice that she made and that my dad made at such a young age for me. >> we have a lot to be thankful for our parents, dania, thank
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you for being with me. >> thank you thank you. >> continued success, big fan of yours. >> thank you. >> take care. coming up on "the rundown," the temperatures might be on the cool side in washington, d.c., but things are heating up on capitol hill. we're watching house hearings on detainees in iran and we're also watching amtrak. we'll also expect to hear from house speaker jonathan allenhn boehner at the top of the hour. several noncredible bomb threats called in this morning, who is responsible? the latest on that investigation here next on "the rundown". thanks for calling angie's list. how may i help you? i heard i could call angie's list if i needed work done around my house at a fair price. you heard right, just tell us what you need done and we'll find a top rated provider to take care of it. so i could get a faulty light switch fixed? yup! or have a guy refinish my floors? absolutely! or send someone out to groom my pookie? pookie's what you call your? my dog. yes, we can do that. real help from real people. come see what the new angie's list can do for you.
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event that calls for the release of classified pages of an intelligence report on 9/11. also happening now on capitol hill, the senate is in session, what's going to be a crucial next couple of hours. majority leader mitch mcconnell was scheduling a series of votes to restart the expired government surveillance program. those votes expected to begin in just about a half hour. kelly o'donnell on capitol hill for us this morning. kelly, what can we expect maybe a repeat of sunday night? >> well it should play out differently, jose and here's why. on sunday night there was an opportunity for rand paul to object and to kind of have a one-man stand against these nsa programs, and that was effective from his point of view in causing the expiration of those key provisions including the bulk collection of phone data. that was his goal that was accomplished. today is different. under the senate rule some of the timing requirements are different today, so we expect
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there will be a vote that will go forward. this is one of a series of votes related to this. that means that they move to the next stage of consideration. there is overwhelming support, so we expect that to happen. then there will be consideration of a couple of amendments. this would be some changes to the new reform bill that would deal with nsa in this way. it would take those government collection of records out of the government's control and say the telephone companies, it's your responsibility to retain those records in case they are needed at some point in time for investigation. so there are some sort of technical things they want to change to that. on the house side there are certainly lawmakers there that say don't change the bill we sent you, just vote for that let's move on especially in the context of what we're seeing today with threats against airliners and that sort of thing. we expect today to go more smoothly and considering capitol hill that is some good news. >> i can imagine.
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i'm wondering, if they do change things in the senate what happens to the next step? >> well if you understand it so well then the house would have to take a look at what the senate sends back to them and there are members over there who say don't mess with what we sent you, it's a delicate balance, so that's one of the risks. there are members saying if you try to make changes, you put the whole thing in jeopardy. some of that is the normal back and forth between the two chambers. some of it stands to reason there could be some disagreements. part of that change they are consideration is how much time to give the telephone companies to get a program up and running. there are lawmakers concerned we're asking telephone companies to do something they don't currently do for the government's purposes and how quickly could that happen. that's one of the things they are considering. jose? >> kelly o'donnell always explaining things for me good to see you. moving now to the race for president and a large gathering
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for the already large group of republicans, at least six potential and declared 2016 candidates are going to disney world. really. there might have to be a palace coup if anyone wants to unseat home state favorites jeb bush and marco rubio. also this morning, we're learning more about hillary clinton's first big rally of her campaign. she'll need a feel good vibe as new polling shows her popularity has been slipping. joining me now is msnbc's alex seitz-wald and ed o'keefe. there's a new cover story on this week's new york magazine saying jeb bush is more ruthless and conservative than moderates like to believe and more appealing to latinos than marco rubio is. tell me about that. >> it's an interesting read. the idea he is more conservative than some skeptics or some republicans might believe is actually somewhat true. if you look at his record here in florida back in the day,
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aggressive tax cutting, support of the second amendment, changing of the affirmative action laws, laying off workers, and his argument has been i got to do that as a two-term governor, a lot of other republican presidential candidates talk about doing those types of things. in some ways that article might help him. the idea of his latino appeal superseding rubio, that remains to be seen but something they hope for and believe in the miami area he might enjoy more support from cuban americans than senator rubio does. >> also the new york times is reporting this morning jeb bush is having trouble bringing over staffers who used to work for his brother. is this something you think they are really worried about? >> is that to me jose? >> yeah sorry. >> yes. you know their argument so far has been, look you know they are happy to have the support if they can get it. they understand this early stage
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if they can't, already several of his brother's former advisers especially in the foreign policy round, are on board with him. james baker, who worked for his father, of course is among those advising him. to some extent it helps to have his brother's supporters. in other ways they probably don't mind frankly, because it sort of allows him to cast his own mold and sort of become his own candidate. remember, these two brothers ran in totally different political circles. jeb bush in florida, george w. bush in texas. currently, jeb bush not really employing anyone who worked for his brother and never really has. to some extent it's not surprising. i think it would be more worrisome as we get further in the process as he's nearing the nomination and there were still reservations whether or not he's fit to be president. >> alex let's talk about new polling that shows hillary clinton's unfavorability at 50%, highest number since 2001 and up six points since march. what's happening here?
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>> she's coming back down to earth and then some. the clinton campaign long expected her numbers would drop. secretary of state she had these astronomically high approval ratings, so they expected them to drop. and the clinton campaign officials i talked to insist her core image underneath the polling has not been damaged thus far. this is a product of two years of republican attacks, tons of scrutiny from the media on e-mails and the foundation and what not, but if polls like this continue to come out, the lowest unfavorability rating since 2001, i have to imagine they start to worry. just one poll so far. you don't want to see more of those. >> alex and ed thank you both for being with me. i want to go now to breaking news we've been following this morning for you, bomb threats phoned into five different airliners. all of the threats have been deemed not credible. here you can see passengers deplaning one of those flights, american and u.s. airways flying
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to philadelphia. joining me now to talk more about the threats via skype, anthony, good to see you. >> good to see you, jose. >> according to our own tom costello, these are threats similar to a dozen others over the past couple weeks. what's your initial reaction when you heard about these threats and it's one after the other after the other? >> well jose this is the pulse of a much bigger problem. since january of this year we've had a total of 50 bomb and chemical bomb threats against airliners and airports across the united states. f-16s have been dispatched to escort airliners into atlanta, the fbi resources and local police law enforcement resources are being stretched beyond their limits. my law enforcement sources report that under normal circumstances there are insufficient personnel to guard and secure airports as it is.
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this really throws a monkey wrench into the whole works. >> and, you know anthony, when you're talking about 50 sounds like it's a pattern here. >> yeah it does sound like it's a pattern. we contacted american airlines this morning because there were some reports from your staff that american airlines may be grounding all of its planes and here is what they said as a result. united official statement, daily flights approximately 8:00 a.m. central time to ensure aircraft departures with proper dispatching information. flights are now departing, we are accommodating all customers and their destination. that's from charles hobart at american airline. >> i think, anthony, we have to be clear, i think that's united correct, or is that american? >> that's united. >> let's be clear on that. to our many viewers, so united airlines was having an issue, but they are saying there is no issue, this is just united
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talking, right? >> that's correct. this is united airlines. my mistake. >> that's all right. let me ask you from a practical standpoint as a pilot when you're told there's an incident a bomb threat what are the steps you take if you're in the air? >> well the first thing that a pilot and the cockpit crew is concerned with at all times is safety. next is on time performance, comfort for the passengers ensuring that the flight reaches its destination as planned. there are numerous steps that you are required to take. one is to set the transponder. the transponder is an encoded computer which has various numbers on it. we set it to the emergency signal of 7700. that notifies all air traffic controllers en route that we have an emergency. we will then audibly state that we have a bomb threat emergency or another type of emergency
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onboard, and we will proceed to the nearest available airport that can manage the type of aircraft we're flying. what will happen then is that oftentimes the military will dispatch fighter jets which will escort the aircraft to the airport of their choice. we're then met by law enforcement and bomb squad teams. >> right. luckily, anthony, none of these threats have been deemed to be serious, but there's something going on and anthony, i appreciate you being on with me this morning. lots of events unfolding this hour on "the rundown." we're continuing to watch republican leadership speaking live now on the hill. and the final senate showdown for a key part of the patriot act when lawmakers will decide the fate of a house bill that will end the nsa's bulk data collection. also we'll be hearing from the man who wrote the cover story everyone is talking about. buzz bisinger.
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nments to help keep us safer. our bill created developing right now on capitol hill in just a couple of minutes, we're expecting a major vote that could decide the fate of the u.s.'s nsa surveillance. the freedom act already passed in the house of representatives in big numbers and joining me now to talk about that vote and a new study out on diversity in corporate menendez
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menendez. what do you expect to happen today with the usa freedom act? >> i expect it to ultimately pass. i don't know if the amendments will succeed or not, but at the end of the day i would expect it to be passed and my hope is it would be passed in the form of the house of representatives sense that could be ultimately sent to the president and be signed and we could have the appropriate safeguards to protect our liberties, but at the same time have the wherewithal to fight those who wish us harm. >> and senator, what was your reaction to senator rand paul sunday night pushing the patriot act to expire? >> well look senator paul obviously, has his views, and he is entitled as a member of the senate to promote those views. i disagree with him strongly. i think giving any gap in any time period to terrorists is a risk to the nation's security. when we had a course of action that had overwhelming support in the house of representatives, as you can see from the votes
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sunday night, large support to move forward on it that would balance our liberties and at the same time give the government the wherewithal to fight terrorists. i think that was a mistake, but that's his prerogative to do so. and, obviously, it's one of his campaign mantras. >> senator, let me ask you about this diversity study your office has out this morning. just over 9% of fortune 100 companies numerically target diversity and inclusion at the board level and half at the executive level. mean while, when you look at diversity on the boards 23% women, 5% latinos, 10% african-american and just over 3% asians. what changes these numbers and why is it so important these numbers start changing? >> well jose this is the third report that i've done on diversity. this year we focused on the fortune 100 companies, and as you said when 82% of all corporate board members are white and over 63% of those are
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white men, when 12% of senior executive management are minorities and in some cases in those fortune 100 companies they did not have a woman of color on their senior executive management team a very large percentage. and when you see that procurement in the minority community from these fortune 100 companies that are making you know hundreds of billions of dollars off of these communities is 5% overall, then something is wrong. and the reason that diversity is important is for various reasons. number one, is there are a series of studies that have shown that boards that are more diverse ultimately have a better bottom line. so it's good for the shareholders, good for the company. it brings new insights. from the community aspect it's important to have a voice in these corporate boards and senior executive management because collectively the fortune 100 companies will make more
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investments in communities across our country than the federal government would. so there's a synergy here going both ways. good bottom lines for corporations when they have diversity, as proven by a series of studies, good opportunities for communities to make the case where investment can both help the bottom line and help the community create jobs and economic opportunity. >> senator, looks as though they are also condemning these companies and corporations to not have a very bright future in this country if they don't have people represent and know the country as it is and as it's going to be. >> well absolutely. i mean this is not simply about doing the right thing or diversity for diversity's sake. for example, in the hispanic community, the largest minority in the country, 1.2, 1.3 trillion dollar domestic marketplace spending younger by a decade than the rest of the american population if i had all those demographics as a
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company, i'd say i want to be all over this community to improve my bottom line but when there's no one on your corporate board or very few in your senior executive management engaging and giving you insights as to how you do business in that community and how do you penetrate greater market share, you're creating a tremendous disservice for your company. and, of course the community doesn't get the opportunity to make the case for investments across the country in a way that would benefit both the company and the community. >> robert menendez thank you for your time. a man under surveillance shot and killed today in boston. he was approached by a boston police officer and fbi agent when he pulled out a large military-style knife. he was shot by both the officer and the federal and local enforcement stress they don't believe there is a threat to the general public at this time. they said the investigation is active and ongoing. up next the search for survivors in china's river after
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and developing now in china, a desperate race is on to save passengers who may be trapped inside a cruise ship that capsized on a river. at least five confirmed dead but hundreds are still missing. cnbc's eunice yuan is live for us in china this morning.
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what's the latest from officials there? >> reporter: well, jose it's been more than 24 hours since the ferry capsized and so far rescuers are battling darkness as well as high waves to try to find anybody alive. what we know so far is 14 people have been rescued, five people confirmed dead and hundreds are still missing after the oriental star went down here in central china in the yangtze river. the chinese government has been sending in re-enforcements. thousands of paramilitary officers are on site. we're in a town about six miles away from the disaster zone. we've seen several paramilitary vehicles driving in as well as rescue teams. behind me you see a police checkpoint. police are definitely tightening the security to try to secure the area. the chinese premier is on site he is heading up this rescue mission and from what we understand the rescue operation
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is going to continue throughout the night. so far, what the cause of the accident is unknown. but we understand that the captain, as well as the first officer, first engineer i should say, were among the first rescued among the group and they told the chinese media they believed it was a cyclone that caused the accident. the chinese weather bureau confirmed that a cyclone did occur in the area around the time, however, both of those men are now in police custody and are still being questioned jose? >> eunice yuan thank you very much for that report. coming up a 95% failure rate. details on the stunning report exposing tsa checkpoint screeners and the sudden resignation of that agency's administrator. for the first time since the fatal train crash near philadelphia last month, lawmakers are pushing officials for more details about what exactly went wrong. a house panel right now questioning the heads of the ntsb and president and ceo of
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nissan. innovation that excites. and developing right now on capitol hill a major hearing is under way in the house looking at oversooigt of that tragic amtrak derailment that happened in philadelphia last month. meanwhile, from the rails to the air, in a major shakeup at the transportation security administration where the acting administrator melvin carraway reassigned this morning. his reassignment follows an internal investigation by the department of homeland security that found a stunning 95% failure rate after homeland security agents posing as passengers were able to get weapons past tsa agents in 67 out of 70 tests. nbc nbc's tom costello with more, tom, good morning. >> good morning. yeah, the decision to replace the acting head of the tsa really came pretty quickly after
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this internal investigation found tsa agents really failed miserably when homeland security red teams tried to smuggle weapons past checkpoints. tsa is waiting on congress now to confirm a new administrator, but the secretary of homeland security is ordering an immediate change at all airports. this morning the acting head of the tsa is out. melvin carraway, an 11-year veteran of the agency who took over in january, immediately reassigned to another area within the department of homeland security. the move comes after a humiliating internal investigation from homeland security found that tsa checkpoint screeners failed to detect mock explosives weapons, and other contraband in an overwhelming majority of tests carried out by undercover agents. the tests were conducted by homeland security red teams, charged with probing tsa checkpoints nationwide. nbc news has confirmed tsa screening officers failed to detect smuggled weapons in 67 out of 70 attempts a 95%
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failure rate. in one case an alarm sounded, but even during a patdown, the screening officer failed to find a fake explosive taped to an undercover agent's back. i talked to him on monday. >> any of the failures are a concern from a training standpoint. the officers resolving alarms when the technology does detect them. >> jeh johnson says additional red team test results are classified, but the tsa has been directed to conduct training for all its officers in airports nationwide, as well as intensive training for all supervisory personnel. >> i think what this suggests is the systems needed some serious analysis to determine what the problem is. >> yeah 14 years after 9/11 to have this kind of a failure, jose, is really very discouraging. last year, by the way, the tsa screened a record number of passengers. it also seized a record number of prohibitive items, including
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weapons. so when you're doing this all day, every day, looking for weapons, you can understand how your eyes can glaze over and you can get rather complacent. back to you. >> tom costello in washington, thank you. now to breaking news out of boston a man under surveillance by the joint terrorism task force shot and killed today. nbc's correspondent pete williams joins us with the new details. pete? >> jose good morning. this man was shot and killed about 7:00 this morning outside a drugstore in the roslyndale section of boston southwest part of boston and we're told by several federal officials he'd been under surveillance by the joint terrorism task force. this is the group that every major city now has, joint law enforcement organizations, local and federal. in this case he was shot to death by a boston police officer and an fbi agent who were approaching him this morning in the parking lot. the police say that he pulled a large knife on them and when they backed away he advanced on
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them and he wouldn't drop the knife, so they shot him, he was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead. they have not released his name. they say he was in his early 20s. what's especially interesting about this is that he had been under surveillance by the terrorism task force. the group responsible for tracking potential terror suspects, and a couple of officials tell us that there is the possibility here they were looking into whether he had become radicalized by isis messages on social media. that's what they were looking into. we're just beginning to get into this now, jose. undoubtedly we'll learn more as the day goes by. they emphasize there's no danger to the public there, but we're waiting to find out more about what it was they had uncovered and what was the nature of the threat and why they were pursuing this man. jose? >> pete williams thank you very much. we'll watch that story for
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further development. less than an hour from now, two world war i soldiers will receive the medal of honor posthumously from president obama. they both fought for the united states valiantly, but were never given the highest honor because activists say sergeant was jewish and sergeant johnson was black. new york national guard sergeant louis wilson will accept sergeant johnson's medal. our own medal of honor recipient spoke to both of them and has this report. >> my father was a wounded hero. >> reporter: elsie remembers her dad as a loving parent but a tough, hard man formed by his experience in world war i. he landed in france in 1918 and went straight to the horror of the trenches. >> he leaped from the trenches in the middle of this to recover
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on three different occasions his fellow comrades. >> his commander recommended him for the medal of honor, but shemin, who was jewish was awarded the second highest medal, the distinguished service cross, indeed. >> there was discrimination. this man did so much that even as a child, it angered me and it hurt my feelings. >> reporter: deciding who gets the medal of honor can be a long process, full of investigations and interviews over many years. in some cases, prejudice has played a factor. sergeant henry johnson is another of those men. he served in the 369th infantry regimen, the harlem hell fighters. in a segregated u.s. army the all-black army fought under french command. >> the enemy had a raiding party and henry johnson was on his post, he continued to fight. >> reporter: johnson didn't stop fighting off at least 12 germans with nothing but a knife, a jammed gun, and his
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fists. the french army awarmdded him one of its highest honors his own army nothing until 1996 when he received a purple heart. in 2003 he was also awarded a distinguished service cross, still a step short from what activists say he deserved. >> the wrong happened back then made right today. through diversity, we learned if there's an issue, we can always bounce back. >> discrimination hurts. a wrong has been made right. and all is forgiven. >> colonel jacobs joins me this morning, always a pleasure sir. you mentioned in your piece awarding a medal of honor is a subjective and inexact system. what do you mean by that? >> in order to receive any kind of award, particularly a medal of honor, you have to do something, obviously, but people have to see it. and they have to be able to write it up. has to get approved by every
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level of command up to the approving authority and you can see in a human system run by humans that's imperfect because of that anything can intrude. and as a result those of us who wear the medal of honor, indeed anybody that wears an award for valor knows that he's wearing it not for himself, but all those who can't, all those who performed valiantly and nobody saw it or people saw it and they themselves were killed so there were no witnesses. they wrote it up accidently or on purpose, the paperwork never got forward. >> your experience how does discrimination play a role in recognizing or not recognizing soldiers in combat? >> well we've seen in the past that quite a few soldiers sailors, airmen and marines after the fact were recognized because people came forward and said i saw this and other people verified it. and finally, the record was corrected. there's a medal of honor
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recipient named ruben, this is instructive, he was recommended for the medal of honor four separate times for action in korea. he was a holocaust survivor but his first sergeant said no jew is going to get award in my unit he finally received the medal of honor 55 years after the fact. when people who had been in his unit whose lives he saved lobbied for it. >> colonel, the fact sergeant johnson was honored by france and not by us says a lot, you know? >> yeah, it does. we have to pay attention. we have to make sure that people get recognized for the things that they do and that takes vigilance. i think we're much better at it now than we used to be many years ago. >> colonel jacobs always a pleasure to see you, thank you for being with me. msnbc will be bringing you that medal of honor ceremony live from the white house in the next hour. >> now to a developing story out west the colorado movie theater
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shooting trial about ready to resume jurors are hearing more chilling testimony from defendant james holmes charged in the massacre that left 12 dead and 70 injured. today's session picks up after a court appointed psychiatrist testified monday. immediate coverage of the case is bias. >> i wanted to get from my perspective and -- a mentally ill perspective. >> if they had, what would they have been reporting, what would they have been saying? >> psychological reasons why it happened. >> holmes pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. let me bring in seema ayers, always a pleasure to see you. >> you, too. >> holmes said the media hadn't taken into account his psychological issues. what do you think the prosecution's aim is?
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>> the prosecution has to show that holmes in fact had something called insight, jose. insight is a psychological term and when people have mental illness have insight, then they are less likely to act upon it, he has this awareness that the media was watching that people should take into account his psychological illness. how does that translate into the insanity plea? it translates because it's showing that he was insane sane, sane at the time. that's the prosecution's job. >> and the court appointed psychiatrist also talked about holmes giving a possible reason for why he decided to open fire in that theater. take a listen if you would, seema. >> i think using his words even almost killing people would keep him from wanting to kill himself or keep him from killing himself. >> how's this going to play you think, for the defense? >> right. okay, there's these two components, jose. one is did he know what he was
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doing, most of us do know what we're doing. when we're stabbing someone, we don't think we're stabbing an orange. the other part did he know right from wrong, the consequences of his actions, and what the defense is going to try to show is that he didn't know the consequences of his actions. all he was trying to do was calm the depression make himself feel better. and that was the overwhelming sense of his psychosis. >> yeah you know the fact that he also put booby traps in his apartment and really kind of back tracked his day thinking about what was going to happen. >> he could really have been done all under his psychotic episode, really, that is how a lot of mentally ill people act. very methodically. >> seema iyer thank you. be sure to catch seema's show 11:00 a.m. eastern every tuesday. live look at the senate floor where lawmakers are holding a procedural vote to decide the fate of a house bill that would end the bulk data
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collection. we'll bring you the results as soon as they happen. up next a trip to a wildlife park in south africa turns deadly for a young american tourist. the latest details ahead on "the rundown". >> they were driving through one of the camps and a female lion approached the car from the left. the lion then sort of lunged at the car and bit the lady through the window. [whirring drones] just stay calm and move as quietly as possible. ♪ [whirring drones] ♪ no sudden movements. ♪ [screaming panic] ♪ [whirring drones] google search: bodega beach house. ♪ ♪ [drones crashing] ♪ when broker chris hill stays at laquinta and fires up free wi-fi, with a network that's now up to 5 times faster than before you know what he can do? let's see if he's ready.
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we're getting new reaction this morning to the debut of caitlyn jenner previously known as bruce jenner. celebrities continue to express their support after this "vanity fair" magazine cover was tweeted yesterday. lady gaga tweeted, thank you for being a part of all of our lives and using your platform to change all of our lives. my hope for the world is we can all be as brave as caitlyn jenner. valerie jarrett sent this message, nice to meet you,
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caitlyn jenner. powerful example to so many. meantime, the reporter who spent hours behind the scenes with caitlyn jenner to write the "vanity fair" story spoke to the "today" show about the experience. >> more open more honest more connected, more everything centered. i think caitlin has found, you know her soul. really bruce never had. >> you almost get the sense that caitlin is euphoric to be free. >> i think that's the case. i just spoke to her yesterday. i'm free you know i can live. i don't care about the paparazzi anymore. just make sure it's a good shot. more than that it's relating. it's relating to the children from the first two marriages, it's having a relationship. he never had a relationship. she is going to have bonds, she's going to be free she's going to have fun. she was completely isolated i think, for the last five or six years of his life as bruce. >> you mention the kids. she had these four kids from first marriages.
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you delve very deeply into that relationship and i think one of the more shocking parts of this is actually what you reveal about the then father/children relationship bruce had. in many ways he was an absentee father. >> he was, and he admits that. it was hard for them as they were entering adolescence, he was gone he was remarried, he was married to kris jenner and concentrating on the kardashians and forgot about these kids. it was very hard and said something that rings in my mind you know it's really hard to idolize someone who won the olympics. remember, bruce jenner won the olympics. he said, i wish my father hadn't done that because i missed him. he wasn't there. he wasn't there for any of them but one of the beautiful parts of this is that as caitlin, they are really trying hard to reconnect. it's not easy but they are really trying. >> and i've been asking you all morning if you think caitlyn jenner helps the transgender community. the overwhelming majority of you
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say yes. there's a question we've been asking. take a look at the results, 76% of you say yes, 24% say no. there's still time for you to give us your opinion. just head to and let us know what you think. developing now, officials are investigating the tragic death of an american killed in a lion attack yesterday at a south african park. the woman whose name has not yet been revealed was driving through a wildlife park when a lion lioness lunged through the car's window and mauled her to death. katy? >> investigators are trying to figure out exactly how and why the american woman and her driver, tour guide that was not affiliated with the park were attacked. authorities are reviewing all of the evidence which reportedly includes pictures the woman was taking of the lion right before it attacked her. she's 22 years old, we're told an american. she was in the lion park in south africa and witnesses say she had her window open and she
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was taking pictures of a female lion as it slowly approached the car, when suddenly it lunged in and bit her. she died before paramedics could get to her. the companion she was with the guide, was also injured trying to help her. unclear, though how badly he was injured. again, we don't know their names, but the issue according to guides is that there are just so many people taking these tours now, many of them feeling comfortable enough to open their windows. the lions, unfortunately, have just lost their natural fear of humans and cars. they are feeling much more confident to attack. the lion in this incident jose is now in an isolated pen, but the park does remain open to the public. >> katy tur, thank you very much. i already told you about this hearing on capitol hill about what exactly did go wrong in philadelphia, the crash that killed eight people on amtrak. also this morning we're learning the ntsb released a report over
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what went wrong in the crash, reporting the train was traveling at 106 miles an hour on a curve where the speed limit is 50 miles an hour. the damage $9.2 million, that's the estimate. so far, train braking system and signals, investigators have not determined whether the engineer may have been using his phone at the exact moment of the crash. investigators are also investigating reports something may have been thrown at the train. and when we come back five things cover this is next on "the rundown". n. i don't know. who wants to play in idaho? gotta get milwaukee up to speed. we win in flint, we take the lead. we'll close the deal if we just show... when it's go, go to the new the site with the right room, rewards and savings up to 20% when you book direct.
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call me caitlin, those three words and this accompanied photo of caitlyn jenner remain a hot topic this morning that inspired five things cover this. number one, let's start with another vanity cover, 1991 photo featuring demi moore in the nude and nearly full term pregnant. the a-lister mother to be.
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number two, another iconic image image, who can forget that picture of john lennon clinging to yoko ono? the magazine ran the photo on the cover of its tribute issue to lennon. 1968 cover featuring mohammed ali after the heavyweight refused to join the army because of religious beliefs. shot with arrows over his beliefs. number four yep, i'm gay. that was the announcement from comedian ellen degeneres in this april 1997 "time" magazine cover and marks one of the first high profile celebrities to come out. number five let's head to outerspace. to the moon and back the kor of this 1969 special edition of "life" magazine the photo taken of buzz aldrin by fellow astronaut and first man on the moon neil armstrong.
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if this was taken today, it would probably be some sort of moon selfie. today on earth, moon selfie has a totally different definition. that wraps up "the rundown" on msnbc. thank you for the privilege of your time. "news nation" with tamron hall up next. live coverage of the medal of honor ceremony at the white house. also just learning secretary of state john kerry's knee surgery has begun. that and more. i'll see you here tomorrow. when it comes to good nutrition my daughter's an expert. hi dad. she's a dietitian. and back when i wasn't
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good morning, everyone i'm tamron hall and this is "news nation." we begin with breaking news out of boston. a man under surveillance by the joint terrorism task force has been shot and killed by authorities this morning. nbc news justice correspondent pete williams joins us live from washington. what can you tell us about this? >> two things about this make this anything but routine, tamron. the first is the fact the
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shooting was by members of a joint terrorism task force assigned it investigate terrorism. a boston police officer and fbi agent were involved in the shooting. the second thing is we're told by several officials that they were investigating possible radicalization by isis in the boston area. so you put that together and it makes this more than routine. what we're told is this man was approached at about 7:00 this morning outside a drugstore in the roslyndale section of boston and according to authorities, he pulled a large knife. they told him to back off, he didn't, he came toward the officers, they repeatedly told him to drop the knife, he didn't, so they shot him. he was taken to a hospital and died. they describe their investigation as active and ongoing. so i think we can read into that, that they are pursuing other possible connections here whether there were others involved they say there's no


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